Friday, February 22, 2008

Happy Memories.

This made me laugh and brought back some happy memories, so I decided to share this with you!


1940's, 50's, 60's 70's

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always exciting and great fun.

We drank water from the garden hose or tap and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank cordial with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, No video games at all, No 99 channels,No Pay TV, No cable, No DVD movies or surround sound..

It's crazy! We even had

No mobile phones, No text messaging, No personal computers, No Internet or Internet chat rooms..........

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we didn't poke out anyone's eye.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all!

And YOU are one of them!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.


Edmund (the explorer) Nesbitt said...

Tee Hee Hee Auntie Libby! This made me laff!

Hope you are feeling better.

Cheryl said...

As a mother and grandmother Libby I commend you and as a 50's child I can say that is utterly and totally true. Thanks for uploading for us all.

Dawn said...

Haha! That was cute. And as a child of the 60's I'd salute you, if only I had the strength. *wink*


Cheryl said...

Hi Libby
It is good to hear that some farmers are keeping the traditional values of this country. I don't agree with early lambing, the weather in this country is to fickle and can cause dreadful problems for the young. I like old values and traditions, I think they are so important. It is not too bad hear, we rarely see them before March.

PG said...

Every single word is true! :) Frankly I wonder how on earth the human race is still going, considering the amount of perceived danger people think there is...

So sorry to read about your continuing pain, and good luck for Monday.

Naturegirl said...

Libby so much truth looking at all these points! I sure am happy about the change in mothers today warned about NOT smoking or drinking while pregnant....NEVER!!!
I have to go back and re read! hugs NG

Rob Hopcott said...

Wonderful post.

As a 50's boy, I did all those things.

Perhaps we should talk more to politicians about the lives we would like to have. Everything seems to be led by people reacting to the latest horror story.

it sells newspapers but, arguably, does little for our lives.

Anonymous said...

This is GREAT; I am going to be e-mailing it on, esp. since will be celebrating 39th soon!!
from Texas ... The Woodlands, actually, which is how I found your blog; just moved here & was thinking of starting one & wondering what else was out there & found yours way off in UK. Thanks for a great laugh!